Matt James Biography and Wiki
Matt James is an American real estate broker, founder of ABC Food Tours, and upcoming Reality Tv Star from Raleigh, NC, United States. He is set to star in the 25th season of the ABC dating and relationship reality television series, The Bachelor. Matt is the first African American lead to be cast on the show in its entire history.
Matt James Age
Matt was born on December 5, 1991, in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. He is 28 years old.
Matt James Height and Weight
He is got the ideal height and build for his kind of role on The Bachelor. Matt stands at a height of 6 ft 5 in (Approx. 1.96 m). He weighs around 100kg (220 lbs).
Matt James Family
His parents are said to be Manny and Patty James. Not much else is known about Matt’s parents and/or siblings. His family relations are yet to come to light but we’re keeping tabs and will update you once we have any particulars.
Matt James Education
Matt went to Sanderson High School graduating in 2010. He then proceeded to join Wake Forest University from where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2015.
Matt James Football
Matt played football while in college at Wake Forest University. He was a member of the Matt played for Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team as a wide receiver from 2011 to 2014.
Matt James NFL
After completing his studies at Wake Forest University, Matt was interested to play professional football in the NFL as a wide receiver. Consequently, he made trials for a couple of teams. First, Matt tried for the Carolina Panthers before doing further trials for the New Orleans Saints. Unfortunately, he did not make the teams leading him to give up his football dream.
Matt James Tyler
Matt James and Tyler Cameron have been best friends for a long time. The two met back in college at Wake Forest University and became friends and teammates in the Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team. Tyler was a contestant in the Bachelorette season 15 where he finished as runner-up.
Matt James Bachelor | Bachelorette
Matt was initially a contestant on the 16th season of The Bachelorette Starring Clare Crawley. However, after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the U.S. hard, the season was indefinitely postponed. It is during this period that Matt was announced as the next Bachelor for season 25 which will air in early 2021.
This announcement came amid intensifying calls for there to be diversity in the casting within the franchise which has long been criticized for its overwhelmingly white participants. Since 2002 when The Bachelor premiered, there has never been a male lead cast.
With the May 2020 killing of George Floyd (a black man) by a white police officer (Derek Chauvin) pressure was mounting to have contestants of color in the franchise’s shows. Former contestants including Rachel Lindsay, who starred in Bachelorette season 13, harshly criticized the franchise for their lack of racial diversity.
Matt James ABC Food Tours
He is the founder of the non-profit organization, ABC Food Tours. The org. takes elementary school children on tours in restaurants to educate them about food and exercise around New York City. The children are chosen from low-socioeconomic communities. Speaking about what he aims to achieve with the tours, Matt said that:
“My favorite part of running ABC is working with kids! “They’re at an age where they’re super impressionable. No one is born racist or rude—these are all traits that are acquired through influence and experience. If you can positively influence these students at this age, you can potentially change the course of their lives. Also, I love seeing our students try new foods!”
Matt James Net Worth
Matt first worked at PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He later moved to New York where he has been working for CBRE, regarded as the largest real estate company in the world, as a research analyst. With him poised to star as the next bachelor in 2021, his net worth which maybe around $200,000 is bound to grow in leaps and bounds.